( published 11th February 2002 )
Advantages of being multilingual in Luxembourg: Heard on my
Luxembourg-London flight with Luxair yesterday. One stewardess on a tiny
Embraer: English: "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard this..."
French: "Mesdames et Messieurs, Luxair vous souhaite la bienvenue a bord..."
German: "Meine Damen und Herren, wir begruessen sie auf unserem..."
Luxembourgish: " Dir Dammen an dir Haeren, wellkomm op eisem Vol...."
Her badge showed "Paula da Silva", so I am convinced she could have done it in Portuguese if needed as well.
Now this compares with a British Go low cost flight. This happened on one of their London - Faro ( Portugal ) flights last year: 4 air hostesses: One of them in English: "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard this..." , then she turned around and pressed a button ( number 25, say ), and an automated message announced in Portuguese: "...???" What's that? Sorry, is that supposed to be Portuguese?God, it was Russian! I looked around, no reaction... I stared at the cabin crew, no reaction either.
Hahahaha, and they want to skip some foreign languages at English schools in the near future for lack of teachers. Well done, guys.
Have a nice day ahead
A primary school teacher in the Bronx decided to see if city kids knew what sounds farm animals made. She asked the kids to raise their hands if they knew the correct sounds. "Who knows what sound a cow makes?" she asked. Mary put her hand up and said, "Mooooo!" "Very good," replied the teacher. "What sound does a sheep make?" "Baaaa," answered Billy. She continued this for a while. Then she asked, "What sound does a pig make?" All the hands in the class went up. She was surprised at the response. She chose little Tyrone at the back of the class. He stood up, took a deep breath, and screamed, "Up against the wall, mutha-fucka!"